Beauty, come and get some

April 11, 2013

Beauty, come and get some

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna
If you put a gun to my head and told me I could only do one thing in this blog, that one thing would be to share beauty with you.
Thanks to a G+ post by Betsy Cross, I have beauty to share with you, today.
A blog post. And this blog post is both epic and lyrical. It is fucking beautiful!

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Stan Faryna
10 April 2013
Fairfax, Virginia

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Deepak Chopra couldn’t get it more wrong about India

April 5, 2013

Deepak Chopra couldn’t get it more wrong; there’s no smoke without a fire.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Cold Play, Lost

Deepak Chopra’s recent article, Is India Having A Crisis of Soul?, is as disappointing and impoverished as the painful situation being reflected upon. You can read his old guard apology here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/is-india-having-a-crisis-_b_3017979.html

Who would imagine that inherited and entrenched moral bankruptcy can ever be reversed by the economic empowerment of crony capitalists, communists, socialists, and nationalists equally exploiting the human laborer and the divisive prejudices of the Indian population?

Only those who share the ambition, irreverence, amorality, and lost innocence of The White Tiger a la Aravind Adiga.

More of that here:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/04/04/ahmed_rajib_haider_asif_mohiuddin_farhana_ahmed_bloggers_in_bangladesh_face.html

And here:

http://www.zcommunications.org/id-rather-not-be-anna-by-arundhati-roy

If there is a change going on and a soul is awakening, there must be a long, terrible dark night – la noche oscura del alma. The worst is yet to be.

Perhaps, it will take years to roll down like waters. And I’m not talking about a recovery. That’s something else completely.

Deepak’s kind of staggering, teetering, zombie-esque, happy talk may provide some “needed” false reassurance to the foreign investor, foreign outsourcer and the native electorate, but soul work (like great blessing) is messy, takes seemingly forever, and hurts more than anyone would willingly bear.

Deepak Chopra couldn’t get it more wrong about India. Not surprisingly – his commentary about America always sounds like propaganda – ever unenlightened. It is also no surprise that my comment to his article was censored.

But however offensive my comment may be to Deepak, it is not a eulogy. I did not come here to bury India, but encourage her in these trying times.

Because there is always hope for the meek, the poor in spirit and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. For Indians. Americans. Everyone.

Stan Faryna
04 April 2013
Fairfax, Virginia

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What is love? Baby don’t hurt me…

April 2, 2013

Who am I? Who are you? What can we hope? What must we do?

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Haddaway, What is Love?

What is Love?

What is Love?

Baby don’t hurt me…

Baby don’t hurt me, no more.

I don’t know why you’re not fair.

I give you my love but you don’t care.

So what is right and what is wrong?

Give me a sign.

That’s the words Haddaway sings. And I wonder why a song about love is so full of fear and unanswered questions. And I wonder why this song comes to mind as I reflect upon my calling. To do and encourage good. To avoid and oppose evil. To walk in beauty.

There are words written on the wall of a small bedroom. And if words are written on the wall, know they were written with great passion and desperation. I know this about words written upon a wall because I wrote my last love letter and farewell to my ex-wife upon our bedroom wall.

But the words that I want to share with you are not mine. These words were written by a hero. A woman. A saint. Someone with whom I shall never compare in virtue and purity of heart.

Do it anyway

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

And therein is a powerful and deep answer to our searching questions… what is love.

Gustav Klimt’s Adam and Eve

adam and eve

Love anyway

Do it anyway. Because to not love… is to not be. To not do it (love), is you not being you.

Regardless of the agonies and pain, the countless, lesser defeats and disappointments, the unanswered questions and prayers… do it anyway.

Love anyway. Because you and I were made to love strongly, wholeheartedly – like star light that searches the distance and darkness of deep space.

Just to be clear, I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about how to live. How to lead. How to be.

Stan Faryna
02 April 2013
Fairfax, Virginia

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WOW – Season 3 Finale of The Walking Dead

April 1, 2013

Thoughts about the Season 3 Finale of The Walking Dead

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna
Enigma, Return to Innocence

My thoughts about tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead may surprise you. My intention is not to hand out a fist full of spoilers.

Hristos a înviat!

Truth can be found in the strangest of places.

Even in a television show about a zombie apocalypse. Even in one of the bloodiest episodes of The Walking Dead…

Andrea: “No one can make it alone now…”

Daryl Dixon: “Never could.”

No one can make it alone

DUH!

This is an ontological truth – we don’t need the world to end to understand this truth. We don’t need an apocalypse (zombie or otherwise) to understand that as much as we have a right to be here, so others also have the right to be here.

Deeper than this is the truth that we are here not just for ourselves, but also for others. Just as they are here for us.

As my friend, Jack King, often says – We are connected. In his book, One With The People, Jack tells the story of a young, Native American girl, that receives wisdom. Among the things she learns on her journey to become a leader, is the sacred circle that connects us and gives us meaning as participants in the goodness, wonder and beauty of Creation.

Check out Jack’s book here:
http://www.amazon.com/One-People-Everything-Need-Leader/dp/1482658623/

Disclaimer: I receive no financial compensation whatsoever by this link to Jack’s book or by the sale of his book.

Daryl and Merle Dixon

No one can make it alone

If we fail to understand this truth, together – this broken world will fall apart. And nothing will save me, you or the ones you love from the horror, pain and anguish of what comes with that.

No amount of ammunition. No store of canned food and MREs. No level of preps will save you and yours.

No pre-pubescent Carl Rimes kind of psychotic bravado will take back what was lost – a world in which we had every opportunity to love, to shine bright and unlock a greater human potential. And that is something we all need to think about. Sooner or later. Hopefully, sooner.

We want something more.

And that something more is us. Together, we are something more.

No one can make it alone

Do you get it?

Stan Faryna
31 March 2013
Fairfax, Virginia